A new South Australian 3D exploration model has been launched, to view underground geological landscapes of an entire state to depths of up to 100km.
The South Australian Geophysical Reference Model utilises several of the state’s geo-data sets, allowing users to identify different attributes on cross sections of the earth, the Lead South Australia reports.
It was developed in collaboration between the South Australian Department of State Development, the University of Adelaide, Geoscience Australia, and the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre.
As the system further defines an area’s geological landscape, it can help exploration companies make informed decisions on exploration programs and potentially increase the likelihood of finding mineral deposits.
South Australian assistant minister to the treasurer Chris Picton said it was the first time a model of its size, complexity and richness of geophysical data had been produced for the whole of the state.
“A tool such as this is indispensable for addressing the modern exploration challenges of finding significant new deposits at depth, under cover, or in complex settings,” he said.